Rodgers should start Andre Wisdom at Fulham

In the absence of Daniel Agger, missing to undergo back-strengthening treatment, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers could choose to start youngster Andre Wisdom alongside Jamie Carragher in the final two games of the season.

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Since the disappointing FA Cup defeat to Oldham in January, where defensive duo Martin Skrtel and Sebastian Coates were outmuscled by Matt Smith, Rodgers has turned to Jamie Carragher to partner Agger in defence.

Carragher has started 13 of the 14 games since then – the one he missed being the defeat at Southampton.

Meanwhile, Skrtel has made just two starts – the defeats at Zenit St. Petersburg and Southampton. Coates has not played a single minute. Both are clearly out of favour.

Wisdom, who celebrated his 20th birthday this week, started the season being called up after Glen Johnson was required to play at left-back, but has since taken a back seat – along with Suso and Raheem Sterling. He was most recently involved in the first-team as an unused sub against Newcastle.

But Widsom, who occupied right back early in the season, has been performing impressively for the under 21’s in his more natural position of centre back.

With nothing to play for in the remaining two games, it would provide the perfect opportunity to blood the talented defender in a central position – and give him the experience and learning of playing alongside Carragher before he retires.

Rodgers must also choose a replacement for Steven Gerrard in midfield, he could blood another youngster who has been on the verge of the first-team squad this season, Under 21’s captain Connor Coady. A more likely scenario is that Jonjo Shelvey will start in the advanced role with Jordan Henderson alongside Lucas.

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  • Mick

    With the turmoil at Everton we could still mathmatically finish above them in 6th. For Rodgers first season, 6th would be a very good finish especially considering the squad hes had to work with for most of the season. The new TV money also has to be taken into consideration as who ever finished 6th this season will earn a huge amount more than whoever finished 6th last season. Not to forget that 6th could still get us into the Europa league, if thats what we want.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.edwards.7528 John Edwards

    get rid of Carra and give Coates a chance in the last 2 games

    • DerBaumMann

      No

  • saraceninc

    Why not, this game is meaningless anyway, let him test fire his youngsters

  • RAF

    Where is martin kelly?!
    i think he i the best option for replacing jamie carragher

    • Troy

      He’s had a big injury! Not back till pre-season. Rodgers has already confirmed this.

  • faraway

    Would love to see Wisdom partnering Carra in the last 2 games. Would be an immense addition to his promising start. No point in starting Skrtel or Coates if we’re going to sell them both.

  • Darryl W

    It would be a huge help having Jamie play alongside Andre for the last 2 matches, he can help pass on his vast experience to the young man and we’ll get to see him in the middle of defence for a change.

  • Jackieonthebeanstalk

    Liverpool’s defensive frailties are well documented.
    We seem to perform defensively only when there’s someone who can marshal the back line by bellowing orders like Carragher.
    I would have loved to see him carry on as a coach as his experience will prove invaluable to youngsters like Wisdom and Kelly who are being tipped to be future centre-backs for us.
    Defenders rely on experience to get them out of situations and not only skill. Carragher has the experience to turn our youngsters into world class defenders.

  • Ranga Midzi

    I always wonder why English talent is said to be too young for certain positions. But clubs go and buy players from other countries and say they are ready for first team football at the same ages. Guys like Andre, raheem did pretty well when they played first team football but have since been pushed back to u21’s . they had momentum and it was stopped. What is the use of the academy then